Unless you have some incredible genes that allow you to wear skinny jeans into eternity.
(Like a certain relative of mine whose gene pool I share. She got the glamorous end of it, while I ended up with deep and wide. Pass the swimdress...)
But I'm not talking about clothing, here, or "sighing". I'm talking about another "s" word: School.
One thing I strive for in life is to open my mind and see how others think, while realizing that my experiences do not reflect all experiences. And I'm sure you do the same. This is especially relevant when talking about school, isn't it?
Let's talk school size for a moment. There are very strong opinions on the subject when it comes to the size of the school relative to the success of someone on the autism spectrum. For many, many people, it's all boiled down to these two simple equations:
- The smaller the school = the greater the chance of success
- The larger the school = more struggles.
There are lots of reasons for this, and it will take more time than I have room today, but, as with most things in life, I'm certain there is more than one answer. Sometimes, larger is better from a sheer statistical point of view. The greater the pool of students, the greater the chance someone on the autism spectrum will find someone who accepts them for who they are. It just makes sense. But for those with severe navigational issues, the larger the school, well, you can see where this is headed... Late to class. Wrong classroom. You get the picture.
Are you looking ahead at school, wondering about size? Worried that it's too big? Too small? Stressed out over which one will be "just right"? It's good to talk with others, and learn from their experiences. But, when all is said and done, the "right" answer will be a very personal one. And as long you and your family have peace with that, and your child continues to grow, succeed and bloom, that's all that matters!